Thursday, April 21, 2011

Temporary...

On Tuesday little M had a full behavioral hearing evaluation.
She loved every bit of it, and has been trying to stick random things in her ears, and in mine, ever since. They were not expecting to learn so much during this one visit, but little M enjoyed herself, and every little thing that went into her ears, so much, that we were able to get a lot of information.


We found out that little M's hearing loss is, thankfully, not permanent!
We found out that little M has at least one good ear, based on pulses on her head which measure bone something or other, and her response to those pulses.



We were not able to find out how little M's ear drums are working, but the hope is that once she has tubes in her ears, all the pressure will be relieved and her drums will work the way they are supposed to. Right now they don't show movement or read the way they are supposed to, because there is so much fluid putting pressure on them.


It appears that ALL of little M's hearing issues are because of fluid, and according to the audiologist, that fluid has most likely been there all of little M's life. Poor thing, no wonder she didn't come to us with more than four chinese words! Little M's little ear is perfectly normal on the inside, and the makeup and bone structure seems to be the same as her big ear.



We are looking forward to little M getting her tubes in May, and hoping that this will clear up her hearing issues. Most of all, I am thrilled for little M. She hasn't been able to hear properly her whole life, and I can't wait for her to see what she has been missing. I am sad for all that she has missed out on. Our girl loves music, and I can't wait till she can really HEAR it! I am looking forward to her hearing her world. Only one more month...

8 comments:

Megan said...

Same exact thing happened to our son! Got tubes and within about a month, the number of words he was using on a regular basis went from about 15 to 50. Those tubes are like tiny little miracles! You will be so happy that you did it!

Kim K. said...

This is wonderful news. Can't wait to see how the world opens up for her after tubes.

Stephanie said...

YAY! That is awesome news!

Bev said...

So happy to hear that her hearing loss is not permanent! We didn't notice much of a difference in Jenna's hearing right after her tubes, but lately, she's been really aware of little noises around her. We're 4 months past surgery and suddenly she's reacting to things like the heat register coming on or the fridge running. She's often saying "lou" (loud) or "noy" (noisy) and putting her fingers in her ears. We can't have the TV or music too loud now because she tells us it's hurting her ears. It must be such an adjustment after not hearing well... I imagine the world is pretty noisy when you are hearing all of its sounds for the first time! But it's all for the better because our children need to hear in order to learn and develop fully. Good luck to Little M! : )

Grace said...

great news!!! hope everything goes well with the tubes! can't wait to hear about her progress!

Rachel.H. said...

Thats great news! I am taking Alex to the audiologist for the first time next week.I have no idea what to expect..hes kinda scared of doctors so I hope it goes well...Love all the pics you post :)

Liz said...

Oh - I'm so happy to read this! I was just thinking about you an hour ago. Thinking of how wonderful you've been in giving me -- and I'm sure others -- advice and deserve good news on this front. It sounds like it couldn't be better news!

Beth said...

such GREAT news!!!